IDF, Intel’s annual developer forum, starts tomorrow in San Francisco and the hardware company will make one of its most interesting moves into the consumer software world yet.
Included in the event will be the unveiling of two new projects: a developer focused beta testing site called Whatif and a mashup tool called MashMaker. Mashmaker looks like a lot of fun, but I do have some concerns about it as well. Whatif was opened up late last night and currently showcases a debugger, a compiler and and a performance optimizer that developers can download and test out.
MashMaker will open to the public at the end of this week’s conference and is the project of greatest interest to me. The service is a cross-platform Firefox toolbar that lets users create their own mashups on the fly and recommends mashups already created for any site you visit based on the MashMaker mashups you’ve used before. A mashup, for the uninitiated, is a service that adds value to one website by integrating appropriate data brought in dynamically from a different website. They are a lot of fun and have endless potential to be useful.
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